31 days in Australia Itinerary

31 days in Australia Itinerary

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31 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Dubbo
— 1 day
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Kangaroo Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
7
Darwin
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Broome
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
9
Margaret River
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h
10
Exmouth
— 4 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Amsterdam

3
nights
Cairns

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Palm Cove Beach and Botanical Gardens. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Muddy's Playground. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip planner .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cairns is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Cairns. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in October; daily highs in Cairns reach 34°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

3
nights
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Explore hidden gems such as Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and Port Douglas Boat Hire. Attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Mossman Gorge make great kid-friendly stops. It doesn't end there: see the vivid underwater world at Agincourt Reef and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Horseback Riding Tours

1
night
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): meet the residents at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at Dreamworld.

Make your Gold Coast itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Gold Coast takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Port Douglas in October, with highs in Gold Coast at 29°C and lows at 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Dubbo.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Dreamworld ©
Dreamworld
Infinity Attraction ©
Infinity Attraction

1
day
Dubbo

Dubbo ©
Visit the city of Dubbo, the most populous urban area in the Orana Region, for an exciting and thriving multicultural city from which to explore the surrounding Great Western Plains.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Old Dubbo Gaol, meet the residents at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, and then browse the collection at Macquarie Regional Library.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Dubbo trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Gold Coast to Dubbo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Gold Coast in October since evenings lows in Dubbo dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Dubbo

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
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Taronga Western Plains Zoo ©
Taronga Western Plains Zoo
Old Dubbo Gaol ©
Old Dubbo Gaol
Macquarie Regional Library ©
Macquarie Regional Library

3
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chinese Garden of Friendship and Sydney Tower Eye and Skywalk. Kids will enjoy Bondi Beach and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. The adventure continues: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Sydney online trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Dubbo to Sydney takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Dubbo in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 17°C in Sydney. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

2
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Raptor Domain and then look for all kinds of wild species at Seal Bay Conservation Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Flinders Chase National Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kangaroo Island tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Sydney to Kangaroo Island by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain

2
nights
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Family-friendly places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Crocosaurus Cove will thrill your kids. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wave Lagoon and Big Buoy Water Park. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Defence of Darwin Experience, take a leisurely stroll along Darwin Wharf Precinct, and get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Darwin trip tool .

Getting from Kangaroo Island to Darwin by combination of taxi and flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. October in Darwin sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Broome.

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wave Lagoon ©
Wave Lagoon
Big Buoy Water Park ©
Big Buoy Water Park

3
nights
Broome

A relaxed town of tree-shaded streets and scenic coastal stretches, Broome gained renown as a center of the pearling industry in the late 19th century.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cable Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Family-friendly places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park and Animal Refuge will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Gantheaume Point, stop by The Sandalwood Gallery Broome, and don't miss a visit to Buddha Sanctuary.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Broome holiday planning app .

You can fly from Darwin to Broome in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Broome

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cable Beach ©
Cable Beach
Gantheaume Point ©
Gantheaume Point

2
nights
Margaret River

A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wine Tours & Tastings and Jewel Cave. Go for a jaunt from Margaret River to Augusta to see Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse about 42 minutes away. There's more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Lake Cave and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Margaret River trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Broome to Margaret River in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Exmouth.

Things to do in Margaret River

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trips

Augusta, Boranup, Giants Cave
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Giants Cave ©
Giants Cave
Food Tours

4
nights
Exmouth

Exmouth ©
Exmouth is a town on the tip of the North West Cape in Western Australia. Bring the kids along to Turquoise Bay and Ningaloo Marine Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Osprey Bay and Ningaloo Reef. There's lots more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area, enjoy the sand and surf at Tulki Beach, enjoy the sea views from Vlamingh Head Lighthouse, and stroll through Jurabi Point Beach.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, read Exmouth trip itinerary tool .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Exmouth in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 19°C. On the 30th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Exmouth

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Ningaloo Marine Park, Ningaloo Reef
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Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area ©
Tulki Beach ©
Tulki Beach
Vlamingh Head Lighthouse ©
Vlamingh Head Lighthouse

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